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OAKLAND – Jed Lowrie didn’t see anything wrong with dropping a first-inning bunt with the A’s already up seven runs over Houston.
The Astros thought otherwise, and it led to Houston manager Bo Porter gesturing and yelling at Lowrie in an incident that added spice to theA’s 11-3 rout of Houston on Friday night.
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“I’ve seen crazier things happen than a team coming back from seven runs,” Lowrie said afterward. “ We’re trying to win the game. I felt like they were giving me that by playing the shift. They got me out anyway, so I don’t know what the big deal was.”
With the Astros in an infield shift, Lowrie dropped a bunt with the score 7-0 in the first and was thrown out by pitcher Paul Clemens to end the inning. During Lowrie’s next at-bat, Clemens threw an inside pitch that wound up going through Lowrie’s legs, and Lowrie glared out toward the mound for several seconds.
Lowrie eventually flied out, and as the Astros ran off the field, he stopped second baseman Jose Altuve – a teammate when Lowrie was with Houston in 2012 – to inquire why he was thrown at. That’s when Porter came out of the visitor’s dugout and had words for Lowrie.
“I literally just asked Altuve a question in this (calm) tone and Bo came running out of the dugout yelling at me,” Lowrie said. “Bo was just telling me to go play shortstop. I just don’t understand why he came out in such a rage.”
Porter didn’t have much to say about the issue to Astros reporters.
“Nothing happened,” he said. “The game takes care of itself.”
“I was trying to go inside and I cut the fastball,” Clemens said. “… As for the etiquette of major league baseball, I’m not so sure. I haven’t been here long enough. Lowrie is not an imposing guy, so I was surprised he got stirred up. So be it.”
A’s manager Bob Melvin backed Lowrie, saying the A’s were still playing to win up 7-0.
“If you’re on the other side, it’s probably going to bother you,” Melvin said. “It’s the first inning. … Two innings later, they’re (stealing). I think it depends on which dugout you’re in.”
Lowrie said he was just surprised by Porter’s reaction.
“I don’t know what it shows … not a lot of confidence in his own team. Point blank. I don’t wanna make a big deal out of it. It’s the first inning and every run is important.”